housing

Bond Dickinson completes major site acquisition in Plymouth

National law firm Bond Dickinson has successfully completed the acquisition of a major residential development site in Plymouth on behalf of its client English Cities Fund (ECF).

The £30m project is on East Quay and is part of the regeneration of Millbay, which will see the transformation of a derelict 15 acre harbour side area close to the city centre into a new vibrant waterfront...

National law firm advises on major partnership

The Plymouth office of national law firm Bond Dickinson LLP has advised its client Rentplus, the affordable homes provider, on a partnership that will see the introduction of the rent-to-buy model to Cambridgeshire.

The partnership was struck with social housing organisation King Street Housing Society (KSHS) and will help address some of the housing issues facing the region, including...

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New Foyer Federation chief kicks off national tour in South West

As a leading regional housing association DCH has invested around £565m into the south west economy over the past five years.

DCH is committed to supporting growth in the region; from building thousands of new homes and working with partner organisations such as the Foyer Federation, to creating jobs and investing in communities.

In recognition of the great work being done in...

Plymouth woman ordered to pay more than £700 for social housing fraud

A woman who lied about rent arrears of £1,700 has been prosecuted by Plymouth City Council for social housing fraud.

Katrina Sturtridge – aged 26, of Lower Polsham Road, Paignton, TQ3 2AU admitted to Plymouth Magistrates on Monday 20 February that she had lied to the Council on two occasions (on 10th September and 9 October 2014) in order to gain social housing, by falsely stating that...

UK house prices to increase by 3% in 2017

House prices in the UK will see an average increase of 3% over the course of next year as the number of transactions stabilises, according to the RICS housing forecast for 2017.

Following on from the 2016 forecast, the supply pipeline or lack of it is at the forefront of the analysis and dominates the residential market. While there is an improvement, the legacy of building on an...

Social housing tenants face £1,000 a year average rent rise

The Local Government Association is urging new ministers to rethink the Pay to Stay policy which will require councils to charge some of their tenants higher rents from April 2017.

It comes as new analysis reveals today that more than 70,000 social housing tenants could face rent rise bills of an average £1,000 a year from next year under government plans to increase rents for those...

Work starts on Veterans’ Self-Build project in Plymouth

Planning permission was granted in April 2016 for the new development of 24 affordable homes on the site of the former St George’s Day Centre at George Place, Millbay. Interserve, the International Support Services and Construction Group, with a local office in Plymouth, have been appointed as main contractor and work is now underway. The affordable housing development will include 12 self-build...

Demand for land falls sharply in SW

A significant drop in demand for rural land was reported in H1 2016, and with continuing modest supply increases, expectations have been pushed further into negative territory. Across the country, 49% of contributors now expect prices to fall across all farm types over the coming year. Anecdotal evidence from respondents suggests that several factors are combining to dampen sentiment in the...

Third of working families in SW one pay cheque away from losing their home

Over a third of working families in the South West could not afford to pay their rent or mortgage for more than a month if they lost their job, new figures from Shelter reveal today.

With little or no personal savings to fall back on, the Shelter and YouGov study found that this means a staggering 318,000 working families in the region could be just one paycheque away from losing their...

Why a townhouse is the perfect place to live

While many different styles have come and gone over time, there are some things that simply stick around for a long period of time because they work - plain and simple. People like certain things not only because they make sense, but they are convenient, functional, and don’t need to be improved on. Those are the items that everyone continues to seek out, and they not only are highly desirable...

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